Criminal Justice

New York State Capitol Building

New York State Prepares to Decriminalize Sex Work

A new bill aims to protect sex workers, particularly immigrant and trans workers of color.

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Q&A: Meet the Formerly Incarcerated Dad Who Created an App to Connect Families

Colorlines talks to Antoine Patton about Photo Patch, the app he created with his daughter after teaching himself to code behind bars.

Lonnie Morris and Richard Lathan. Two middle-aged Black men in prison uniforms, blue and yellow, in front of a gate.

LISTEN: San Quentin State Prison Podcast 'Ear Hustle' Returns for New Season

Season four introduces listeners to a new host and a segment about learning the ropes in the prison.

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'Solitary' Film to Tell Story of Angola 3's Albert Woodfox

Mahershala Ali will executive produce, and perhaps star, in biopic of the Black man who spent 43 years in solitary confinement for a crime he says he didn’t commit.

a young Black girl with ponytails, blue overalls and a black biker jacket, walks with an older man wearing a blue baseball cap and a black and blue tracksuit. The man holds a sign that reads, "stop killing me"

Where Does Your State Rank When It Comes to Black Homicide?

A new study ranks states according to the number of Black teens and adults killed.

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How An Antiquated Reading of the Law Prevents the Formerly Incarcerated From Voting in Georgia

State officials maintain a strict interpretation of the law, which prevents voting by anyone convicted of a “felony involving moral turpitude.”

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Black Census Project Reveals Electorate's Concerns—and Power

More than half of the 30,000+ survey participants said that politicians do not care about them or their interests.

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Second Chance Pell Experiment Expands Education Behind Bars

The program provides need-based grants to people incarcerated in state and federal prisons so that they can take college courses.

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REPORT: 4 Strategies to Eliminate the Harmful Effects of Systemic Racism

A new study from Urban Institute gathers insights from leading policymakers, advocates and experts to present ways to imagine a future without the dangerous, long-term consequences of structural racism.

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Activists Organize to Bail Out Black Mamas for Mother's Day

In more than two dozen cities across the country, mothers who cannot afford bail are getting help to get home.

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Advocacy Groups Call Out Discriminatory Practices in Federal Employment

The ACLU and the Leadership Conference Education Fund urge the Office of Personnel Management to remove job application questions that they say would negatively impact people with arrest records.

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New Documentary Explores Racism in the War on Drugs

Caron Butler’s “The Green Dream” shines a light on the devastation faced by Black and Latinx people who are criminalized for marijuana in record numbers.

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Study Q&A: Report Examines Dangerous Effects of Pretrial Detention

Colorlines talked to the authors—who hail from Vera Institute of Justice and MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge—about the report’s findings.

A Black teenager grasps the hands of a Black woman as a Black police officer stands behind him.

WATCH: Trailer for Ava Duvernay's 'When They See Us'

The four-part limited Netflix series about the Central Park Five stars a slew of esteemed actors, including Michael K. Williams and John Leguizamo.

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Marijuana Doc 'Grass Is Greener' Highlights War on Black and Latinx Communities

Fab 5 Freddy’s directorial debut explores the history of weed in the United States, including its criminalization and impact on music.

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Chicago Sues Jussie Smollet for Money Spent on Investigation

The civil suit seeks roughly $130,000 plus legal fees, which is the maximum amount allowed by law. 

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Q&A: How These Oregon Leaders Are Empowering Black Women in the Criminal Justice System

Colorlines talks to Abbey Stamp and O’Nesha Cochran, two women at the forefront of revolutionary change in their community.

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READ: Chicago Implements GPS Monitoring Devices That Calls, Records Children Without Their Consent

Cook County officials say the monitoring tool improves communication with children, but critics say it is an invasion of privacy and violation of the Constitution.

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'Blowin’ Up' is a New Doc About a Court Room That Rules In Favor of Compassion

What happens when sex workers receive support rather than punishment? Everything. 

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The Marshall Project Launches Print Publication for People Living Behind Bars

News Inside is distributed at prisons and jails.